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Indiana Academy of Science Talent Search and Fall Luncheon



The Indiana Academy of Science (IAS) is pleased to invite outstanding high school scientists entering their junior or senior year to enter the  Indiana Academy of Science Talent Search, a competition aimed at identifying students with the potential to become creative scientists, engineers, and mathematicians. The Indiana Academy of Science Talent Search is sponsored and funded by the IAS Youth Activities Committee.

The 2014 Talent Search finals took place on September 19th and 20th, 2014, with 11 of the 12 selected finalists in attendance.  
Pictured are:  Front row:  Rita Cui, Terre Haute South Vigo High School; Chloe Sherry, John Adams High School; Gabriella Lucchese, Marian High School; and Elizabeth Bolyard, Northwestern High School.  Middle Row:  Iman Mahoui, Eman Schools; Kamna Gupta, Carmel High School; Heya Kaakeh, West Lafayette Jr./Sr. High School, and Anthea Weng, Terre Haute South Vigo High School.  Back Row: Kevin Hunkler, Marian High School; Aiden Reilly, John Adams High School; and Adam Staszewski, John Adams High School.  Selected finalist Rachel Johns of Northwestern High School was unable to attend.  The judges selected these finalists from a field of twenty-two papers submitted in May.

Iman Mahoui was selected as the Female First Place winner for her project entitled “Targeting Brain Tumor Stem Cells Through Natural Antioxidants”, while Adam Staszewski’s “Identifying Pollen Cells Using Computer Analysis:  An aid for Allergists, Immunologists, and Other Health Care Specialists” earned him selection as the Male First Place winner.  They will receive a trip to the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in February and a one-year membership in the AAAS as part of their prize award.  The judges also selected  as winners:  Heya Kaakeh, “Investigating the Culturing Environment of Glioblastoma Multiforme”; Rita Cui, “Factors that Influence Energies of Simple Hydrocarbons”; and Chloe Sherry, “A Study of the Effects of Transplantation of Tissue from Planarian Flatworms Conditioned with Light-Shock Therapy into Naïve Planarian Flatworms”.

Next year’s finals will again take place in September, with papers due to the Director, Lynn Thomas, by May 1st. The  IAS Talent Search Committee, a group of scientists and mathematicians representing colleges and universities in Indiana will perform initial screening of applicants’ research papers to identify the state finalists. The Director will notify finalists of their selection in late August. Twelve finalists and their teacher-sponsors will be guests of the IAS Talent Search Committee at the IAS Talent Search Honors Weekend at Marian University on a Friday and Saturday in September.

The  IAS Talent Search Committee will choose winners on the basis of (a) personal interviews with the Committee on Friday afternoon and (b) reviews and explanations of their science project displays on Saturday morning. Awards will be announced at the Honors Luncheon at noon on Saturday. 

Note: Only individual projects will be considered, and all displays must meet IAS display requirements (projects must not exceed a height of 9-ft from the floor, a width of 4-ft, or a depth of 2.5-ft; poster displays will not be accepted). Student finalists and their teacher-sponsors must be present on both Friday and Saturday in order to complete for awards. Teacher-sponsors must be members of the Indiana Academy of Science.

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